Good Hotel Guide Review
Built in 2003 on the old ramparts of the medieval castle, Tim and Stefa Hart’s city hotel is a sister to their country house, Hambleton Hall, Hambleton (see entry). The look is contemporary and here, as at Hambleton, Mrs Hart has been responsible for the interior design. ‘The central location makes it a clear choice for business travel and parents visiting offspring at university,’ writes a trusted reader, but ‘you wouldn’t come here for spacious accommodation’. The bedrooms range from ‘classic’ to suites, but a superior double proved ‘cramped’, though with a comfortable bed and views across the city (classic rooms overlook an internal courtyard). Garden rooms, opening on to a private garden, have more sense of space. All rooms have a minibar, fresh milk, L’Occitane toiletries, king- or super-king-size bed. The restaurant, formerly in a separate building, has been brought in-house. Short, daily-changing menus include such dishes as wild mushroom and asparagus pasta, wild garlic; rump steak Diane, purple sprouting broccoli, green beans, mushrooms, radish. A buffet breakfast brings freshly squeezed orange juice, fruit salad, bread and muffins from the Harts’ bakery; full English is £5 extra.
0115 988 1900
32. 2 suitable for disabled.
all year, restaurant closed 1 Jan.
lift, reception/lobby with seating, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky, Freeview), small exercise room, civil wedding licence, courtyard, private garden, secure car park (charges apply), restaurant wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
‘light’ in bar.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in public rooms and bedrooms (not left unattended).
Amex, MC, Visa.
room £139–£279. À la carte £35 (pre-theatre 2 courses £22 Mon–Thurs) plus 12.5% discretionary service charge.